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Why not switch up your holiday meal plan and order a few sides—or, hey, the whole meal—from these chefs? No one has to know you didn’t make that exotically flavored stuffing, and everyone will be grateful they’re not settling for canned cranberry sauce.

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The Larder

The Larder at Tavern

No time to plan out an involved menu but still want to cook a little bit on the day of? Sign off everything to star chef Suzanne Goin and order the whole meal from Brentwood’s The Larder at Tavern (or its sister Beverly Hills restaurant-market, The Larder at Maple) and you’ll get a whole ready-to-cook bird, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli, brussels sprouts and, of course, pumpkin pie. So you have more time to pore over the wine selection.

Deadline for ordering: Sunday, November 20, 5 p.m.

Maple Block Meat Co.

Maple Block Meat Co.

You want a prestige bird, but you don’t really know where to get it or how to cook it perfectly once it’s home. Opt for the flavorful, juicy and pre-cooked peachwood smoked turkey from this Culver City barbecue joint—it’s organic, antibiotic free and free-range raised on a Cali farm. Bonus: It comes with gravy and you pick it up piping-hot between 12 and 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Plus, you can add sides to your order to make this as easy as weekday takeout (well, except for the carving).

Deadline for ordering: Wednesday, November 16, 4 p.m.

Huckleberry Cafe

Huckleberry Café

Your guests will be super-disappointed if they can’t help but carbo-load themselves into oblivion, so help them on their way with three-cheese mac and cheese made with organic pasta, Parmesan, English cheddar, Gruyère, bread crumbs and thyme. Oh yes—turkey and veggies are available, too. 

Deadline for ordering: Saturday, November 19, 5 p.m.

Joan’s On Third

Joans on Third

This West Hollywood and Studio City market is so cozy and beloved, all the food tastes like Mom cooked it special for us. So why not order your whole meal here? Or, if you decide to cook, at least pick up some of the roasted carrots for a side dish or zucchini fritters or corn fritters to keep your guests busy while you get down in the kitchen.

Deadline for ordering: Friday, November 18, 12 p.m.

Thyme Cafe

Thyme Café

Well, aren’t you fancy with your salad of winter greens, candied pecans, pecorino, persimmons and apples? This delicate side dish pairs perfectly with the classic turkey meal and trimmings—also available here—and it’s actually healthy.

Deadline for ordering: Tuesday, November 22

Michael Nemčik


This Brentwood market and dining spot does everything you love just a little bit better than you would. Like the prettiest and most flavorful deviled eggs with smoked trout caviar and caraway, for a side that’s familiar yet fancy.

Deadline for ordering: Monday, November 21

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